Our EarthDay Celebration

We are very excited because we will be visiting family for the holiday weekend. For Earth Day tomorrow we will be at my moms. Lila and her cousin, Cooper (3 yrs), are going paint flower pots for their Nana (grandma) and GG (great grandma) and then plant some flowers in them that can later be transferred to their garden.

10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day:
Some fun activities for you and your family to enjoy and preserve our beautiful Earth

It’s time once again to celebrate Earth Day by appreciating our world’s beauty and fighting pollution. The first Earth Day was held April 22, 1970 as a nationwide demonstration, petitioning the government to put environmental issues on the political agenda. Thousands of schools and about 20 million demonstrators participated in the original Earth Day. Earth Day was such a success that it is now celebrated annually.

People everywhere get involved in community events or honor family traditions that build our environment. What? Your family doesn’t have an Earth Day tradition? Well it’s never too late to start! Below are 10 examples of Earth Day family traditions to get you thinking.

Activity Ideas:

  1. Plant a tree in your back yard: Besides being a fun activity for your family, planting trees help to lower greenhouse gas emissions, and they provide a habitat for a variety of other plants and animals. Go to your local nursery, and pick out the perfect tree for your yard. Lifetime trailers make it easy to haul the tree home. More trees in your yard can actually lower your cooling bill by providing shade over your house.
  2. Make pine cone bird feeders– Bring birds right to your yard and watch them as they enjoy a healthy snack. Making pine cone bird feeders is a fun and easy activity for children, click here for instructions.
  3. Visit a nearby recycling facility– Recycling processes are fascinating and fun to watch. If you save up recyclable materials to drop off during the visit, you’ll earn some extra change you can use to pick up ice cream cones afterward.
  4. Sit with the family and set specific goals to recycle and save energy– It’s often as easy as changing your light bulbs, adjusting the setting on your fridge, or making a routine trip to a nearby recycling bin.
  5. Plant or renew your vegetable garden– April is the perfect time to plan your garden. Section off an area of your yard, and decide what you’d like to grow this year. If you don’t have a yard, window boxes and large pots work just as well. Home grown vegetables are pesticide-free and help you save money. You can also nourish them with recycled kitchen scraps and grass clippings, using acomposter. Let the children choose new types of fruits or vegetables to try out each year, and give them responsibilities in the garden.
  6. Plant flowers at a local non-profit organization or church– Contact the organization prior to planting. Most are thrilled when someone offers to beautify their grounds.
  7. Go on a nature hike– Nature hikes are a great way to appreciate the details of our beautiful earth. Pick a park or nearby trail, or visit a new place every year on Earth Day.
  8. Clean up litter at a local park– Parks provide places for everyone in the community to enjoy nature. Unfortunately, litter detracts from their beauty, and can be dangerous to people and animals. Bring some large bags to gather up trash to revive your park. Use sticks to pick up the litter you don’t want to touch.
  9. Attend an Earth Day event– Earth Day events are held across the nation, and are full of fun activities for both you and the kids. Pick a place close to you, events can be seen at http://www.earthday.net.
  10. Cook a special Earth Day meal using all non-processed foods– Invite the friends and family over to share a healthy, home-cooked meal. If you have many guests, set up extra tables and chairs to accommodate them. Get creative and decorate in an ‘earth day’ theme using leaves or potted plants, and let each guest take a plant home to add to their garden. See table decorating tips at “Going Green Dinner Party.”

Article found at http://www.lifetime.com/article/173

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